People and Their Environments: Social Science Supporting Natural Resource Management and Policy
As human populations increase in size, extent, and diversity, natural resource planners and policymakers must address growing concerns about a wide range of environments. To make the best decisions – for people and for nature – they need information about how people and natural environments influence each other in rural and urban areas and everywhere in between. That is the focus of the People and Their Environments research unit.
Staffed with social scientists from a wide range of backgrounds, People and Their Environments is one of only a few Forest Service research work units that studies the human component of natural resource management. Our expertise ranges across the social science disciplines: economics, psychology, geography, sociology, and related fields like landscape architecture, recreation, and planning.
Our Research Areas
- Changing Population Demographics, Changing Land Uses
- Perceptions and Experiences of Nature
- People’s Outdoor Activities
- Environmental Values
- Natural Resource Disturbances
- Urban Ecology
- Yemshanov, Denys; Haight, Robert G.; Koch, Frank H.; Lu, Bo; Venette, Robert C.; Fournier, Ronald E.; Turgeon, Jean J. 2017. Robust surveillance and control of invasive species using a scenario optimization approach. Ecological Economics. 133: 86-98.
- Emery, Marla R.; Hurley, Patrick T. 2016. Ethnobiology in the city: Embracing the urban ecological moment. Journal of Ethnobiology. 36(4): 807-819.
- Kilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2016. Lake States natural resource managers' perspectives on forest land parcelization and its implications for public land management. Land Use Policy. 59: 320-328.
- Locke, Dexter H.; Landry, Shawn M.; Grove, Morgan; Roy Chowdhury, Rinku 2016. What's scale got to do with it? Models for urban tree canopy. Journal of Urban Ecology. 2(1): juw006-.
- Lascurain, Maite; Lopez-Binnquist, Citlalli; Emery, Marla R. 2016. Culture and environment in the Sierra de Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico: the case of Oecopetalum mexicanum. Madera y Bosques
- Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Campbell, Lindsay; Johnson, Michelle; Daftary-Steel, S. 2016. Long-term outcomes of an urban farming internship program. Journal of Experiential Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1053825916655444 [19 p.].
- Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika S.; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Johnson, Michelle L. 2016. A social assessment of urban parkland: Analyzing park use and meaning to inform management and resilience planning. Environmental Science && Policy. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.01.014
- Wigtil, Gabriel; Hammer, Roger B.; Kline, Jeff; Mockrin, Miranda H.; Stewart, Susan I.; Roper, Daniel; Radeloff, Volker C. 2016. Places where wildfire potential and social vulnerability coincide in the coterminous United States. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25(8): 896-
- Gobster, Paul H.; Floress, Kristin; Westphal, Lynne M.; Watkins, Cristy A.; Vining, Joanne; Wali, Alaka 2016. Resident and user support for urban natural areas restoration practices. Biological Conservation. 203: 216-225.
- Sachdeva, Sonya 2016. Religious identity, beliefs, and views about climate change. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.335 [36 p.]
Last Modified: 06/07/2016